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Book News: Irish Writer Dermot Healy Dies

By Annalisa Quinn

Irish poet and novelist Dermot Healy has died at the age of 66. Although Healy kept a low profile and was not well known outside of Ireland, he counted among his admirers Seamus Heaney and Roddy Doyle, who called him "Ireland's greatest writer." A versatile and unpredictable writer, he spent more than a decade writing a book-length poem about the return of barnacle geese to Ireland, A Fool's Errand. In his memoir, The Bend for Home, Healy wrote that he was an unreliable narrator. He said writers "not only make up things, but get things wrong as well. Language, to be memorable, dispenses with accuracy."